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Magyar bevándorlók az Egyesült Királyságban: demográfiai, földrajzi és szociológiai körkép [Hungarian migrants in the United Kingdom: demographic, geographic and sociological aspects]

Moreh, Chris (2015) Magyar bevándorlók az Egyesült Királyságban: demográfiai, földrajzi és szociológiai körkép [Hungarian migrants in the United Kingdom: demographic, geographic and sociological aspects]. Demográfia, 57 (4). pp. 137-172.

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Abstract

This paper examines Hungarian migration to the United Kingdom following EU
accession. Migration from Hungary has generally been low both before and after
accession, but trends have recently started to change. Based on the available statistical
data, the first part of the paper explores the volume, key demographics and geographical
distribution of this migration. The author estimates the current number of firstgeneration
Hungarian migrants in the United Kingdom to be at around 86,000, more
than one third of whom reside in London. Hungarian migrants are also shown to be
young, balanced in terms of gender, and mobile – with more than half of the migrants
registering for National Insurance Numbers re-migrating in less than two years.
To give a human face to the phenomenon, the second part of the paper analyses
narrative interviews collected during a 2013 ethnographic fieldwork in London,
highlighting the role of economic decline, policy miscalculations, language competence
and the online migration industry in shaping the motivations, aims and accommodation
of migrants. The data analysed in the paper also suggests that migration from Hungary
is likely to intensify in the years to come, and that the freedoms and rights conferred by
EU membership are allowing a highly complex configuration of migration patterns and
modalities, urging a reconsideration of the dialectic between temporality and settlement.

Item Type: Article
Status: Published
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
School/Department: School of Psychological & Social Sciences
URI: http://ray.yorksj.ac.uk/id/eprint/3035

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